TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y, Night!
Ok, so it’s not exactly “night” yet… unless you’re East of here. So those of you in Europe might consider it night.

I’m getting off track. Anyway, it’s Saturday and hopefully you’re getting your gaming groove on.

We’ve got a collection of the review articles we found during the week and present them to you now.

In this edition, we have reviews/previews of: Doomtown: Reloaded, Mysterium, Between Two Cities, Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, Sanssouci, Mythtopia, The Tyrant and Dreadnought Army Cases from Tabletop Tyrant, Oh My Gods!, Iron Kingdoms: Unleashed Adventure Kit, and Specter Ops.

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Dust Tactics Operation Babylon saga continues

Regular readers may be aware of the continuing saga around the Dust Tactics Operation Babylon Kickstarter – (you can catch up here).  What little glimmer of hope there was of resolving the matter amicably appears to have evaporated with this recent post by Dust Studio claiming legal action has commenced.

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TGN Review: Grow by Cricket Games

I love games that have an innovative design to them. There’s dozens, if not hundreds, of games where you play in a sci-fi universe, shooting at other sci-fi creatures. And how many games have elves and dwarves and goblins all having it out for one-another? Can anyone even count the number of superhero games on the market? So when I heard about Grow, the game where you grow a tree (not a real tree), I was rather intrigued. I mean, who wouldn’t want to try out “Groot, the home game?” (You can thank my friend Crazy Two-Sheds Fish for that line.)

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The good people at Cricket Games sent me a copy to try out.

So let’s sprout into another TGN Review. This time, it’s Grow.
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Between Two Cities board game up on Kickstarter

Stonemaier Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Between Two Cities, their new board game. They’re closing in on 5x funded with still 17 days to go, if you want to join in on the fun. Made by the same people that brought you Viticulture, players draft tiles and try and build the better city. They cooperate with their neighbor to do so, but they’re also competing against them.

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Blood Rage Previews New Art/Sculpts

Guillotine Games gives us another look at some of the minis and artwork for their upcoming Blood Rage board game, which will be launching on Kickstarter on the 2nd. Have yourself a look-see, while learning a bit about the sculptors and the design philosophy for the game’s minis.

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Imperial Harvest Board Game Up on Kickstarter

Broomstick Monkey Games has a Kickstarter campaign underway for Imperial Harvest (not to be confused with Blue Harvest), their board game of imperial berry-poaching. They have the rulebook posted up on their campaign if you want to check it out.
They’re already over their funding goal with still 19 days to make it through stretch goals.

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Open Combat Miniatures Skirmish Rulebook on Kickstarter

Second Thunder Ltd. is running a Kickstarter campaign for Open Combat, their new miniatures skirmish rules set. The game is set for pre-gunpowder historical or fantasy settings. The game doesn’t have any specific miniatures set for it, so you can use whatever figures you have around. The game is designed to be played on just a 2′ square, so it’s something you can set up and play just about anywhere.
The campaign will be up for another 22 days.

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Friday Snippets

We’ve made it through another week. *throws a party*
It seems to be the general consensus that this week “took forever.” Has that been the case for you?
Anyway, that’s all in the past, as the weekend will soon be upon us. What sort of gaming do you have planned?

We’ve also, as usual, been collecting some of the shorter stories together for presentation. And here you go.

This time we have: More of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Godslayer Gnolls Swarm the Battlefield, More $1 shipping from LaserCutCard, Ludus Magnus Studio presents Vezio the Executioner, New Female Punk Heads and Shoulder Pads from Brother Vinni, New ISO Shipping Container Variants at Burn In Designs, Heroic Maps – Encounters: Winter Wilderness Locations, New MDF Paint Racks from Advanced Deployment, Beardy Brothers Announces Project Green Plunder, Tooth and Sword chibis now availible, New Kromlech Mutated Shoulder Pads, New Hardfoam Container Sets from Micro Art Studio, and the Final Days for Theomachy up on Kickstarter.

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New Red Dragon coming from Gale Force 9

Gale Force 9 will be adding something big to their D&D Miniatures line. One of the most iconic creatures from the game, the Red Dragon will be soon coming to your tabletop. I’m certainly interested. I’ve been wanting to get a nice, big, red dragon mini for a while now.

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Forge World Taking Orders For WORD BEARERS MHARA GAL TAINTED DREADNOUGHT

Forge World has started taking orders for their new Worder Bearers Mhara Gal Tainted Dreadnought over in their webshop as they continue to release the miniatures they had at their Games Day. This fearsome abomination takes the idea of a dreadnought and ramps it up to demonic levels, able to take on the enemy at range and in melee, plus move around the battlefield as if it were all just open terrain.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Community Card Creator and Errata Decks

Paizo and DriveThruCards have teamed up to bring you the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Community Card Creator. Basically, you can make and print out your own cards for the Pathfinder Adventure card game based on characters and items in your own adventures. You can keep them to yourself or publish them for others to use.
They’ve also posted up errata decks for the game.

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Wave VI Now Available for X-Wing

Fantasy Flight Games is happy to announce that the 6th wave of ships are now available for the X-Wing Miniatures game. This wave brings the Scum & Villainy faction to the mix. Giving us a 50% increase in the number of factions for the game, Scum & Villainy has an initial offering of 7 ships (if you include the S&V cards for the HWK – 290 and Firespray).

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New Orleans: Pirates Tavern Paper Terrain Available from Finger & Toe

Finger & Toe Models expands their New Orleans line of paper terrain pieces with the release of their Pirate Tavern and Blacksmith. Good for any sort of “modern” minis game, as well as anything post-apocalyptic, this piece can fit into a variety of tabletops you might need to set up.

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DC Comics Deck-building Game: Crisis Expansion Pack 2 available today

Cryptozoic Entertainment has their next expansion for the DC Deck Building Game available over in their webshop. Featuring new “Impossible Mode” villains, Crisis 2 is the toughest challenge yet to face the heroes of the DC Universe.
The expansion boosts both competitive and co-op play. So whichever version you prefer, there’s something for you in this set.

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The Ascension: Year One Collector’s Edition Is Here

Stone Blade Entertainment has released their Ascension: Year One Collector’s Edition over in their webshop. The set includes all the sets and promo sets from the first year of the game’s release, all in one box. The cards also are done up in foil, which is pretty neat. Many of them also have new, alternate artwork from the original version.
There’s only a limited number of these, so if you want one, you’d better hurry.

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On the Lamb Games posts Upcoming Endless: Fantasy Tactics Releases

On the Lamb Games once more graces our 2pm spot with an update about Endless: Fantasy Tactics. They’ve posted up their releases they’ll have for the game for the next two months. Having completed their Kickstarter campaign shipping, the minis from that are now coming available to put on your tabletop. There’s quite a lot of them.

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Warhammer 40k MOBA-style video game coming

Dark Nexus Arena is Games Workshop’s entry into the MOBA-style game stage. Pre-Sale Early Access is going on now, if you want to be one of the first to jump in on the action. The game is being developed by Whitebox Interactive.

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Fantasy Flight Games previews Chewbacca and General Weis Packs for Imperial Assault

Fantasy Flight Games is showing off two new character expansion packs for Imperial Assault. This time it’s Chewbacca and the AT-ST driven by General Weiss. These sets don’t just replace the tokens that come in the base game with minis (well, there’s an AT-ST in the main box, but the Chewbacca’s just a token), but they also come with extra upgrade and character cards, as well as new scenarios you can play. Pretty nice for just a single purchase.
I kinda want to get one of the AT-ST ones just to have the cool mini.

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Rules and Basic Tokens Out for Spectre Miniatures 28mm Modern Figures

Spectre Miniatures has posted up a new set of rules to go with their modern military miniatures. You can check out and download Spectre: Operations for free from the company’s website. They’ve also posted up a tokens set that you can buy to help you play the game.

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No one is getting rich from Exploding Kittens’ $8.7 million Kickstarter

Polygon posted up an article talking about the success of the Exploding Kittens Kickstarter. They point out that, while the campaign made $8.7 million, it’s not like that money’s all profit. That’s gross, not net (for you finances-type). It’s a common misconception about Kickstarter campaigns. Anyway, check out the article. It’s a good read, and a good “reality check” on what people think happens after a Kickstarter campaign ends.

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Latest Warmachine/Hordes releases available from Privateer Press

Privateer press has their latest batch of releases now available over in their webshop. You can now pick up the alternate sculpt minis for Siege and Zerkova, as well as the Extreme Destroyer, Transfinite Emergence Projector (aka – the Cyriss Battle Engine), Northkin Fire Eaters, and the All-in-One boxe for Skorne. To help speed up your play, they also have new measuring tools as well.

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Zombiesmith Winter Sale

Zombiesmith is having themselves a sale in honor of old man Winter over on their website. They’ve also got new releases they’re showing off. They’re adding the Ki-kak to Shieldbash. For their 6mm Quar line, they’re adding the Royalists. And finally, there’s new pirate mice for Netherworld’s Edge. Check them all out and get them all at a discount.

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Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue #50: Artifact Quality

Skirmisher Publishing released Wisdom From the Wasteland issue 50 for your downloading and reading pleasure. This issue talks about how not every artifact you come across is going to be the greatest possible, or the worst possible. So they’ve got various qualities you can put on your artifacts in your game.

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Fantasy Flight Games Announces Wrath of the Gods for End of the World RPG

Fantasy Flight Games has announced their next source book for the End of the World. This time, you need to survive against the various deities that might end the world. From the Norse, to the Mayans, to Cthulhu.
The game is different because the character you make is you, yourself.

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Mid-Week Snippets

Snowmageddon is about to descend upon Atlanta… again… supposedly. We’ll see if this one actually happens. Though after last year, everyone’s a bit on edge.

So, what snippets do we have for you today?

We have: More “The Fiver” interviews from The Meeple Mechanic, Dancing Dice Entertainment running Jumpgate Armada Kickstarter, “Rule Breakers” card game on Kickstarter, Acheson Creations Dungeon Worlds Kickstarter – New Tiles & New Options, Conquistador Games Announces Upcoming Tesla vs. Edison Games, Deep-Cut Studio launches gaming mats for futuristic football, Rebel Minis releases the Titan Class Viper Mk1, Terrible Kid Stuff New releases – Barin, Splittingbones, & Al Capone, The Scrap Steel Round Lip Bases are now available from Tabletop-Art, Kabuki Models Dwarf Beer Maiden at AdeptiCon, and MidKnight Heroes next character reveal Oda – The Rokheim Battle Master.

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Fire Squadron running Braiiiins Kickstarter Campaign

Fire Squadron is running their 3rd Kickstarter campaign for Braiiiins. They’ve made their goal this time, over 9,000x over. Granted, they only wanted $1 to start off with. But yeah, their new zombie game has been funded. Go check out the extras and stretch goals they’ll be headed through for the next 21 days.

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Game Master’s Guide to Friends Now Available

New Realms Publishing has released their Game Master’s Guide to Friends.
No, this isn’t a guide for the socially awkward and how they can find other friends. This is about bringing comrades, followers, informants, and so forth into your gaming campaigns. It’s not game-specific, so you can use it in whatever system you happen to be playing.

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Geek Nation Tours Facebook Giveaways Happening Now

Geek Nation Tours is running a couple giveaways over on their Facebook page. Both are zombie related. The first is you can win a Zombie Tools Rat Bastard. The other is you can win a Zombicide paint set from The Army Painter.

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Ares Games to launch Kickstarter for Staaken and Handley-Page bombers for Wings of Glory line

Ares Games announced that they’ll be launching a Kickstarter in a couple weeks to bring giant bomber miniatures to their WWI Wings of Glory range. They’ll be looking to bring the Staaken and Handley-Page planes to the skies over your gaming tables, starting on March 10th.

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Old School Tactical game up on Kickstarter

Flying Pig Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Old School Tactical, their military strategy games that harkens back to the cardboard chit games of the 70s. They’re well over their funding goal with still 18 days to get in on the action.

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Fly Casual Sourcebook for Star Wars RPG Now Available

Fantasy Flight Games has released their Fly Casual sourcebook for the Star Wars RPG. Now you can be the “cool one” in your gaming group, playing the sly smuggler, just trying to get some credits while the big, Imperial government is trying to keep you down. Yes, now you can be the character that’s thrilled by free trade legislation and tariffs and port quotas!
Or just shoot things and fly a cool ship.

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